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Article: Twins Minor League Report (4/17): All is Wells

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#1 Jeremy Nygaard

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 08:24 PM

The Twins opened up their series with the defending American League champions, the Cleveland Indians, on Monday night. All of the affiliates, with the exception of Rochester, were also in action.RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester - OFF DAY

The Red Wings will kick off a three-game set at Gwinnett on Tuesday night. The starter has not yet been announced. It would appear to be David Hurlbut’s turn in the rotation, but the club could throw Jose Berrios out there on regular rest.

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 0, Biloxi 5 (6 innings; rain-shortened)
Box Score

The clouds opened up and the Lookouts were saved from having to finish Monday’s game.

Kohl Stewart gave up three runs (zero earned) in four innings. The unearned runs are somewhat misleading because he did walk four batters. He also threw two wild pitches. Throwing errors by shortstop Nick Gordon and second baseman Engelb Vielma did not help his cause. Randy Rosario gave up two runs on four hits in two innings. Each pitcher struck out a single batter.

Nick Gordon picked up two hits to improve his average to .300. Ryan Walker and Jose Gonzalez each singled.

The Lookouts drop to 5-6.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 2, Florida 1
Box Score

Lachlan Wells threw a gem on Monday evening. The offense gave him just enough to win. And the bullpen held on for the save.

Wells, who came into the game with a loss despite only allowing one earned run in his previous start, wasn’t going to pick up his second. He struck out eight and only allowed three hits. His ERA dropped to 0.64.

Trey Vavra provided all the runs with one swing of the bat, drilling a two-run home run (his first homer) in the seventh inning. Daniel Kihle hit his third double of the season. Chris Paul and Nelson Molina singled.

Michael Theofanopoulos picked up his first save of the season. He pitched two innings, striking out three and giving up a solo home run in the ninth inning.

The Miracle improves to 4-8 on the season.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 8, Peoria 2
Box Score

There was plenty of offense for the Kernels tonight, led by the two-home run game of centerfielder Aaron Whitefield.

Coming straight from the GCL, where he hit .298 with two home runs and 31 stolen bases, Whitefield has flashed surprising power. On Monday night, Whitefield got four hits, including the two home runs and drove in three runs. He also stole a base, his second of the season.

Lewin Diaz (first) and Jaylin Davis (second) contributed to the home run parade. Jermaine Palacios, who struggled last year, hit three singles and improved his batting average to .351. He also walked twice to improve his on-base percentage to .400. Mitch Kranson’s two hits drove his average up to .357.

In the midst of all that offense, starting pitcher Clark Beeker won’t get mentioned enough. He went 7.2 innings, striking out nine. He gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk. Colton Davis struck out two on his way to securing the final four outs.

The Kernels are now 6-5.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Lachlan Wells, Fort Myers Miracle
Hitter of the Day – Aaron Whitefield, Cedar Rapids Kernels

TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester at Gwinnett (6:05 CST) - TBA
Chattanooga vs Biloxi (6:15 CST) - TBA
Fort Myers vs Florida (5:35 CST) - RHP Dereck Rodriguez (0-1, 4.38 ERA)
Cedar Rapids at Peoria (6:30 CST) - RHP Tyler Beardsley (1-0, 1.80 ERA)

Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Monday’s games.

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#2 Bob Sacamento

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 09:46 PM

Keep watching Wells everyone, he's got a good chance to get to AA this year. Even though he might not light up the radar gun he has great pitchability and knows how to use his stuff.

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 09:54 PM

Anybody seen Stewart pitch (live or video) this year? Any insight? If he continues to add walks to the lack of strike outs....look out below....


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:05 PM

 

Anybody seen Stewart pitch (live or video) this year? Any insight? If he continues to add walks to the lack of strike outs....look out below....

Video of Kohl Stewart bullpen session 3/11/17

 

Video of Kohl Stewart bullpen session 3/12/17

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 06:37 AM

Sometimes to leap across the gorge, one must first take several steps back to make enough room for a running start.  Perhaps, this is what Stewart is doing.

 

Wells, on the other hand, seems to be using a bullwhip to get across said gorge.

 

Ah well, for every blown high draft pick, maybe there is an Aussie ready to fill the gap.

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 07:31 AM

What is impressive with Lachlan Wells is his command of the strike zone. Sure he is not an overpowering pitcher, but sometimes just having impressive control/command makes up for overpowering "stuff". Hopefully Romero and Stewart get their heads on straight, and hopefully Gonsalves comes back in a big way. Otherwise our hope will be in Berrios, L. Wells, and possibly even Lewis Thorpe.

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 08:29 AM

 

What is impressive with Lachlan Wells is his command of the strike zone. Sure he is not an overpowering pitcher, but sometimes just having impressive control/command makes up for overpowering "stuff".

 

For the minors, thats true.  The good thing about Wells is he is young enough that we can hope he gets some more speed on that FB.  Because for most MLB pitchers, if you are under 90 mph consistently you become Tommy Milone.   


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Posted 18 April 2017 - 08:36 AM

For the minors, thats true. The good thing about Wells is he is young enough that we can hope he gets some more speed on that FB. Because for most MLB pitchers, if you are under 90 mph consistently you become Tommy Milone.

I could be wrong, but I think Wells' fastball is normally around 91-93 mph now. I could be wrong about that, but from what I have read Wells has closer to a "healthy" Gonsalves fastball and not a Milone speed fastball.

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 08:41 AM

Wells is mentioned here (as is Palka):

 

http://www.fangraphs...es-417-and-418/

 

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One of the best opening day rosters in years. Now go get 'em.


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Posted 18 April 2017 - 10:23 AM

 

Video of Kohl Stewart bullpen session 3/11/17

 

Video of Kohl Stewart bullpen session 3/12/17

 

That haircut. Woah. You could have told me that thumbnail image was from 1992 and I wouldn't have even questioned it.

 

Looks like he's going for the Ricky 'Wild Thing' Vaughn look.

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 10:25 AM

Wells made it into the Baseball America prospect mentions for his efforts yesterday: 

 

"Lachlan Wells, lhp, Twins. Acuna’s club lost because it was going up against Wells and Co. The slight (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) lefthander dominated the Fire Frogs, blanking them on three hits over seven innings with eight whiffs and no walks. The Australian native isn’t big but has a lightning-quick arm, a sharp curveball and a changeup that can lock up hitters. In 14 innings so far, he’s struck out 17 and walked one."

Scouting Report: Power: 30, Hitting: 50, Arm: 60, Defense: 45, Speed: 45. "Line drive swing and shows good contact and on-base abilities. Double's power at his peak. Strong arm from 2B or the OF, stiff hands. Not a fast runner, but above average instincts on the bases. Skinny body doesn't look the part, but will sneak up on you. ACL surgery sapped much of his athleticism." (Probably)

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 10:26 AM

Hey P.J. Fleck, want another QB? I know of someone highly regarded who may be considering a career change.
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Posted 18 April 2017 - 10:27 AM

It's just crazy to me that there are some sites that still have Lachlan Wells listed at 5-8, 160 or whatever. I've been writing for a year that he's like 6-1, 185... He's fun to watch pitch too. 

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 10:57 AM

It's just crazy to me that there are some sites that still have Lachlan Wells listed at 5-8, 160 or whatever. I've been writing for a year that he's like 6-1, 185... He's fun to watch pitch too.

Yeah, I read an interview with Lachlan and he said one of the most annoying things he deals with is still being thought of as only being 5'8" despite actually being 6'1".
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Posted 18 April 2017 - 11:08 AM

 

That haircut. Woah. You could have told me that thumbnail image was from 1992 and I wouldn't have even questioned it.

 

Looks like he's going for the Ricky 'Wild Thing' Vaughn look.

ricky_vaughn.jpg

 

Yeah, looks like he's going for the Ricky Vaughn look.

 

Sounds like he's nailing the "Wild Thing" part down.

 

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 11:17 AM

 

It's just crazy to me that there are some sites that still have Lachlan Wells listed at 5-8, 160 or whatever. I've been writing for a year that he's like 6-1, 185... He's fun to watch pitch too. 

 

Not some sites.  Virtually every Site (including the Twin's affiliate that he plays for)

 

http://www.milb.com/...tching/2017/ALL

http://www.fangraphs...7857&position=P

http://www.baseball-...id=wells-000lac

https://www.baseball...rds/5920/spring

 

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 01:10 PM

 

 

Yup and it's just strange that they don't get some sort of update... They normally do grow from when they're 16 to when they're 20!


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 01:13 PM

 

It's just crazy to me that there are some sites that still have Lachlan Wells listed at 5-8, 160 or whatever. I've been writing for a year that he's like 6-1, 185... He's fun to watch pitch too. 

 

Media guide still lists him at 5-8, 160. I'm sure that's why nearly everywhere undersizes him.

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 08:47 PM

I'm actually quite relieved to hear that Wells is 6'1". The list of successful MLB pitchers under 5'10" is neither long nor distinguished. I was worried that a body that small would be susceptible to injury because of a lack of leg drive in the delivery.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 06:31 AM

A few pics of Lachlan over the years, he gained most of that height and weight between the 2015 and 2016 seasons, don't know why his bio's haven't been updated

 

Pic from 6/27/2015

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Pic from 3/18/16 (Lachlan Wells, Lewis Thorpe)

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Pic from 2/17/17 (Lachlan Wells, Juan Gamez, Tyler Wells

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